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Last Witness to President Abraham Lincoln Assassination I've Got A Secret

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Mr. Samuel J. Seymour, the last living eyewitness to the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln at Ford's Theater in Washington, D.C. was the mystery guest on the February 8, 1956 episode of the I've Got a Secret game show. Mr. Seymour (March 28, 1860 – April 12, 1956) was actually 95 years of age at the time of this appearance instead of 96. Host: Garry Moore Panelists from left to right: Bill Cullen, Jayne Meadows, Henry Morgan, Lucile Ball I realize that clips from this show are available elsewhere on YouTube, but I enjoyed it so much that I wanted to put it on my channel and share it with those of you who may not have already seen it. I have also added an excerpt of the article mentioned to the end of the video which sheds a little more light on Mr. Seymour's horrifying experience. Here is the link to the article, "I Saw Lincoln Shot" by/about Mr. Seymour mentioned in the video: https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=wHUxAAAAIBAJ&sjid=SBAEAAAAIBAJ&pg=5624%2C3979599 Public domain footage. Thanks for watching and please like, comment, share and Subscribe! Also please feel free to use YouTube's embed feature to put any of my videos on your blogs, forums, articles, & websites, etc. Subscribe/Channel Homepage: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMduFNeBB04kWlRnLOV3y_Q Follow on Tumblr at: http://historyflicks4u.tumblr.com/ and Twitter at: https://twitter.com/HistoryFlicks4U
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C Delorean (4 hours ago)
They should have informed the old man that in the future they would steal tax dollars from the white man to pay for Marxist whores to reproduce bastard kids and the white man will pay for it.
Carolina In My Mind (6 hours ago)
Why doesn't ask him who hit him in the head with that baseball and why doesn't he pulled it out.
Maani Hamskii (6 hours ago)
I hate that shmalzy fuckin host, didnt let the poor guy tell his own story effin pos
InstantPeterson (10 hours ago)
Love everyone coughing with the Winston advertising proudly on display
Ciaran O'lunney (10 hours ago)
fascinating that time connects us all the way to Adam and Eve
springermusicnet (1 day ago)
and THIS VIDEO is also 62 years old...  :O
jemsar2 (1 day ago)
He witnessed this at 5 years old? And how much do you remember at 5 years old when there’s bedlam happening all around you and you can’t comprehend what is going on?
My grandmother was born about 10 years after the Younger gang was broke up.
Nathan Miller (1 day ago)
Old history and people are older than me wow I can't imagine
mi channnal (1 day ago)
he was almost 5
LOLatU (1 day ago)
Technically he wasn't a witness to the assassination but to the injury of John Wilkes-Booth
nodda tellayu (1 day ago)
Excellent job, HistoryFlicks4u. Thank you for the article inclusion and link!  Important additions like that are as important as old movie credits,  which are shrunk, and compressed for time, so you can't see the names  when you recognize an early star, or the production dates to get  important historical perspective. Thank you HistoryFlicks4u.
Evil The Boogeyman (1 day ago)
John Wilks Booth!!! A Hero to Real Americans! Abe Lincoln was a traitor to the constitution & To The White Mans Right To Live Free in the Country We Built!!! Long Live The Confederate States Of America!!!!
W Leon (1 day ago)
Great how white people got to live to a ripe old age in America. Yet black people were routinely LYNCHED!!!
alien (1 day ago)
Me: this video was found in - *Audience* *claps* LOL STILL ME: I didnt even say the rest i was gonna say that this was found in my reccomended Nothing Audience claps
Joshua Lassiter (2 days ago)
Here is $80 go get drunk
Joshua Lassiter (2 days ago)
"Mr Seymour can we please get 35 more hints please"
Love Supreme (2 days ago)
Sponsored by the benevolent Winston Brand Cigarettes.
Hawk Master (2 days ago)
What kind of senseless, uninformed being gave this a thumbs-down?
Jared Inman (2 days ago)
I have a feeling this is fake.
Andrew Patrick (2 days ago)
Lincoln was a tyrant
Scott Davis (2 days ago)
He's got me beat hands down. The only monumental thing I witnessed when i was five years old was the original Star wars in the jam packed theaters, after waiting in line for what seemed like all day.
Rumpelforeskin (2 days ago)
How this man would see our world now. Mind boggling to watch this.
Gina Kirkland (2 days ago)
How cool!
Sharad Kazimi (2 days ago)
That's cool and all with the old dude remembering Abe's assassination and all...but what amazes me more is that Matt Damon was on the show, too.
sam littleton (3 days ago)
theodore james littleton
Shad Wilde (3 days ago)
So he was 5 years old at the time.
Bill Jenkins (3 days ago)
It reminds me of the supercentenarian, Emma Morano (117) who died in 2017 and was the last verified person alive born in the 1800’s. The changes and history these people saw were incredible. Phones, cars , radio, tv, planes, space travel and computers etc. it’s amazing.
lander77477 (3 days ago)
I've never smoked a cigarette in my life, but suddenly i feel the urge to purchase some Winston cigarettes
cameron doward (3 days ago)
Good time era
Anon Ymous (3 days ago)
fuck, i want some winstons. 9/10 Doctors say Winston wins on flavor.
Samantha (3 days ago)
Passed just two months after this :-( Thank you sir for leaving us with your experience in your own words
V. Dargain (2 days ago)
Uh-huh . Big thanks .
King Sports (3 days ago)
He ain't see shit
Ben Sutherland (3 days ago)
this is so cool just think about how the world changed during his lifetime I'm honored to even watch him on TV
Vince Cartelli (4 days ago)
This is ALMOST as impressive as Larry K’ing being at the wedding when Jesus turned the water into wine. Larry’s date? Betty White.
Guitar Guy (4 days ago)
Scott Skidmore (4 days ago)
Looks like Statller ( or Waldorf)always got them mixed up
Don Mason (4 days ago)
I was 13 when this show first aired! We watched it every week, but I don't recall this one. My grandfather was born in 1889. He and I were in a car wreck when I was five, and he was killed. You get old before you know it! :)
hitech98 (5 days ago)
I smell a rat. His testimony of a man falling out of the balcony isn;t reflected anywhere in the article shown. Instead a 5yr old recalls detail after detail. Right.. It's just another example of history being written by the wanna be powers. I will never trust "official narratives" again. Liars and deceptions.
rubbersole (5 days ago)
Reminds me of the 1843 photo of John Quincy Adams. Imagine that. A photograph of someone who knew George Washington personally.....
Kevin Marsh (5 days ago)
My great grandfather died in 1979. I was 20. Knew him well. He died at 100. Born 1879. He once told me when he was 15 his great grandmother died. She was 99. She was born in 1794!
BRIAN SAXTON (5 days ago)
V. Dargain (2 days ago)
Itzz Salty (5 days ago)
This video let alone is really old... It was in 1956 as of now I am curious if any of the people on this show are still around?
Josey Wales (5 days ago)
Should have been 'I witnessed a man fall from a balcony.'
V. Dargain (2 days ago)
HE FELL ! All the history books say he jumped ( implying landing on his feet ) and ran away .
Johnny Joe Harmon (5 days ago)
Is it my password
The One (6 days ago)
Just sitting there smoking cigarettes with a Winston ad. Disgusting.
Shazamg6 (6 days ago)
Poop my pants....
Star Wolf (6 days ago)
"The complete $80" It's been a long time.
Aunt Dutie (6 days ago)
God love this tough old guy!
V. Dargain (2 days ago)
Hero worship . It strengthens the will . And he chose a good one to worship .
José Castro (6 days ago)
When Mr. Samuel died I was 3 and my grandmother, Maria Clara Bowen, who was the daughter of Adam Little Berry Bowen, son of Col. William Bowen who fought in the civil war, told me the history of the War and also of the murder of Abraham Lincoln . My great-grandfather was born on November 1, 1850 in Milam County, Texas, and came to Brazil in 1867, then 16 years old. He lived in the city of Marliéria in the State of Minas Gerais and died on February 25, 1933 in Belo Horizonte state capital. Today a have 65.
Doge Man (6 days ago)
Battenkill Rambler (6 days ago)
Mike Barer (6 days ago)
What a find!
Lawrence Prìce (6 days ago)
I wonder if he had slaves
Thaddeus Stevens (6 days ago)
Jayne Meadows' lip-licking is so damn annoying. I just want to slap the living daylights out of her. She looks like a crack addict licking her lips. (at 3:13)
Ryan Miller (7 days ago)
I love the Winston cigarette sign right upfront, between the host and the guest. Ahhh the 50's....
jezebel324 (7 days ago)
The host seemed to be shocked by the secret as it was whispered to him...he clears his throat twice, looks jarred
Robbitt1 (7 days ago)
I find people this old who have lived through so much to be fascinating. A famous film editor named Margaret Booth lived from 1898 to 2002 - so she was alive in three different centuries.
Lorenzo Juarez (7 days ago)
Tired of the name calling.
Lorenzo Juarez (7 days ago)
Dreaming of the easy way.
Cashcrop54 (7 days ago)
This makes me think how awful it will be when the last of the WWII “Greatest Generation” is gone. It’s hard to find anyone under 40 that knows anything about WWII and what really made them great.
Garry Laing (7 days ago)
Maybe I've got What's my Line mixed up with this show. I'm getting old.
Garry Laing (7 days ago)
I'm 68. I remember Bill Cullen (later a game show host), Dorothy Kilgallen, Arlene Francis, and John Charles Daly (the host) from the show.
Garry Laing (7 days ago)
Thank you for sharing. My earliest memory was from age 3.
Cecil Oliver (7 days ago)
paul bunyun (7 days ago)
All is what he witness was a guy falling off a balcony, he didn’t witness the actual murder
V. Dargain (2 days ago)
He saw the murderer land on the stage and remained lying there for a minute or two and then run off .
Lincoln Lloyd Redley (7 days ago)
Feels weirdman (7 days ago)
i bet he loves steam hams
Brianna T (7 days ago)
Don't believe this man. Wtf...was he two days old in April of 65?
EF ANDMK (8 days ago)
You need to take care of yourself so you don't become debilitated. But, you can live too long. Strike the right balance of respect for your body and using it as an amusement park, so that you are active and healthy and having fun until you're 70, and then you just tip over suddenly one day. LOL.
ballsackk (8 days ago)
You didn't see shit old man! Now take your medicine and go back to bed.
I witnessed Elvis Presley eating fried peanut butter and banana sandwich.
EF ANDMK (8 days ago)
My sister witnessed Elvis Presley eating Sal Mineo.
ANISTAZI metal 94609 (8 days ago)
Ok. This is totally awesome.
V. Dargain (2 days ago)
I'm awestruck just watching it . A witness . WOW .
Anenome5 (8 days ago)
He died 2 months later RIP
Ockie Ditchbank (8 days ago)
Fascinating show!  I wish there were more folks like you on YouTube to find great historical pieces like this!  Thanks so much.
Bull fucking shit!!!! What proof?
Charles Longfield (8 days ago)
I knew some of his descendents.
NÁNDOR NÉVAI (8 days ago)
When old people lie it seems less untrue.
Acoustic Shadow (8 days ago)
Mr Seymour saw the end of the Civil War, and died at 96 years old - on the 95th anniversary of its beginning.
N Knighton (8 days ago)
The average person seemed a lot more intelligent back then than there are now.
Tessa Rusty (2 days ago)
Sure, it's right wingers. Keep telling yourself that comrade.
EF ANDMK (8 days ago)
They were. A high school graduate from the mid 20th century has a better education than a person with a bachelor's degree today. That is by design. Right wingers have been dumbing down the public schools for decades to rid themselves of people who aren't susceptible to propaganda.
Leslie Bell (8 days ago)
What if they had Twitter in 1865?
Jay Lopes (9 days ago)
Coincidentally he was also at the signing of the 13th Amendment and remembers after the signing the freed Africans started screaming "now let's go rape white women" !!!! From Kitty Genovese to Channon Christian & Christopher Newsom and all the other of thousands of white victims - RIP 🕊
Cire Selarom (9 days ago)
Must be crazy to see all of the technology changes from log houses and horse carriage to cars and homes with air conditioning, entertainment from live shows to being able to watch tv and radios I cant even imagine
Albert Demarco (9 days ago)
Attention Alert! Baby language may be connect to cancer plus.Theory fact
Brent Thompson (9 days ago)
Too late
Jim Fromearth (9 days ago)
Lincoln was Jewish. He was shot in The temple.🤔
EF ANDMK (8 days ago)
Too soon.
STU POC (9 days ago)
Poor ol dude was haunted by it his whole life.
V. Dargain (2 days ago)
Probably was . President Lincoln was hated by a lot of people that were powerful at the time . Glad he outlived them all .
john amptech (9 days ago)
i thought that was really nice for the old chap to be given the full $80.
EF ANDMK (8 days ago)
I hope he got it spent before he tipped over. Back then $80.00 was a mortgage payment, or a down payment on a new car, 20 tanks of gasoline....quite a bit of dinero.
Atel (9 days ago)
Everyone in this video is dead.
Atel (8 days ago)
EF ANDMK Sadly so.
EF ANDMK (8 days ago)
It happens to everyone. We're all destined to become fertilizer.
Hasan x (10 days ago)
old dude went on the show fell down and died 2 months later.
Richie Ray (10 days ago)
Keary jon Botley (10 days ago)
My friends grandfather fought in the Civil War.
Moldygreenbean (10 days ago)
What’s crazier is that man has no idea who Donald Trump is.
EF ANDMK (8 days ago)
A man who voted for him??
Splashgod 1 (10 days ago)
Is he still alive
EF ANDMK (8 days ago)
Yes, Einstein. He's still alive. He'll be celebrating his 158th birthday next month.
Greg Gregory (10 days ago)
I saw Elvis a few years ago! He was drunk. I saw Jim Morrison and Janis Joplin last year at the Riverbend festival in Chattanooga, Tennessee!
lola clyde (10 days ago)
Amazing. A Winston cigarette sign dead center on the desk.
dellpiero (10 days ago)
I like the announcer smoking on the set because Winston
jrcomo35713 (10 days ago)
Wow $80....well, that was a lot of money back in the mid 50's
Kelly KitKat (10 days ago)
Poor guy - if he had only lived another fifteen years, he would have seen the end of segregation and the lunar landing. But he did get to see the folly of WW2. America won.
Sean Simms (10 days ago)
Just goes to show history ain't as distant as you think...my father was born in the 1930s and his grandmother who used to babysit him as his mother and aunts went to work was a former slave, but her exact birth date is unknown, in the 1940 census she is listed head of household with an "estimated birthday" of 1872, she says 1872 was the year she went to military headquarters in Vicksburg to "check" in with the feds to get paperwork because he former owners had saved enough money to send her to school, and she spoke of ghost towns in Mississippi and dead bodies everywhere, I learned through research this must be the Yellow Fever of 1876 or 1878.

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